19 December 2019
Youpla: Your mob is our mob – A yarn with Noeline Dixon
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If you follow our social media pages you would see our company tagline – Youpla: Your mob is our Mob. Youpla is a commonly used Indigenous creole term to refer to a like-minded group of friends and family coming together to protect each other.
When Isaac was visiting a community in North Queensland last year, a Torres Strait Islander man asked what the company was about. As Isaac was explaining it to him and how the service is not just for the individual, but the whole family and wider community, the man said, “Youpla, it’s for all of us, my mob is your mob”.
For many of our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community members we are all connected in some way through family, friends or cultural links to a community.
Youpla Community Consultant, Alana Simon, recently connected with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Primary Health Practitioner and qualified Nurse, Noeline Dixon, in her hometown of Forster in New South Wales.
Noeline recognised the importance of a funeral plan for her community back in Bourke and invited Alana to visit. For Noeline, her best memories of growing up in Bourke were spending time with family.
Noeline now lives in Forster on the Mid North Coast, where she works at the Tobwabba Aboriginal Medical Service. In her role she sees people passing away unexpectedly and very young.
“It’s very sad when times are hard and we don’t have much money laying around for funerals.”
Taking the trip back home and introducing the Youpla team was something important to Noeline. It was a way for community members to start talking about what happens when someone passes.
Noeline said when an unexpected loss happens family try to come together financially, but there is only so much you can do. “Like many other Indigenous communities we have large family groups, up to 15 people in some families.
We need a funeral plan to cover everyone.”
Noeline said she appreciated the Youpla team travelling to her community.
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